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Southern Baptist Convention tied to immigration bill ad

Southern Baptist Convention tied to immigration bill ad
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 4:52pm

Some evangelical groups launched a recent $250,000 ad campaign to support the current Senate immigration bill.

A group affiliated with it: The Southern Baptist Convention.

For an organization that is known for having more traditional conservative values, the news came as a shock to some people.

But others affiliated with the organization said there's more to it than you think.

The Southern Baptist Convention says it is not sponsoring or paying for the ad, and don't have an official stance on the immigration issue.

"There is no consensus among our people on what appropriate immigration reform would look like," said Gary Ledbetter of The Southern Baptist of Texas Convention.

The ad urges people to support the country's 11 million illegal immigrants' right to apply for citizenship, and also calls for stronger border security and a revamp of the immigration system.

Dale Pond with Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler says though he was a little surprised when he first heard about the campaign, he says in some ways, it makes sense.

"We as believers are supposed to go into all the world and preach the Gospel," Pond said. "It (immigration reform) gives us the opportunity to share the Gospel and express God's love to them in different ways."

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